Tupolev Tu-95MS bombers complete Atlantic patrol mission

Two Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers stationed at the Engels base have successfully completed a patrolling mission, Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department chief Igor Konashenkov said.

Two Russian Air Force Tupolev Tu-95MS strategic bombers stationed at the Engels base have successfully completed a patrolling mission, Russian Defense Ministry press service and information department chief Igor Konashenkov said.

"They flew over the neutral waters of the Barents and Norwegian Seas in the Atlantic Ocean. The Tupolev Tu-95MS aircraft were fueled in the air by Ilyushin Il-78 tanker planes. The flight duration exceeded 15 hours," he added.

Russian Air Force Mikoyan MiG-31 fighter jets were accompanying the bombers on their mission.

"British Air Force Typhoons and Danish F-16s escorted the aircraft of Long Range Aviation on some legs of their voyage," Konashenkov said.

Pilots of the Russian Air Force Long Range Aviation perform patrolling missions above neutral waters of the Arctic, Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the Black Sea from their bases and tactical airfields, he said.

"The flights strictly comply with international regulations for using the airspace above neutral waters and do not trespass on borders of other states," Konashenkov underlined.

The British media said earlier, quoting the Ministry of Defense, Royal Air Force fighters had taken off to intercept two Russian bombers on their approach towards British airspace.

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